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Study: Subsidies may be needed to make luxury Windsor hotel profitable

A downtown ’boutique’ hotel is something Windsor would welcome, but a new study casts doubt on its financial feasibility.

Healdsburg cool on possible parking garage

A public parking garage doesn’t appear to be in Healdsburg’s future — at least any time soon.

Dream Center youth housing facility poised for contentious hearing

A social service group’s dream of turning a former hospital into a refuge for disadvantaged young adults runs headlong this week into the stark reality that a large and well-organized group of Santa Rosa neighbors remain fiercely opposed to the idea.

Petaluma Planning Commission responds favorably to riverfront project’s EIR

The draft environmental analysis for a large mixed-use proposal along the Petaluma River received largely positive reviews Tuesday night before Petaluma’s Planning Commission.

Petaluma City Council appoints new planning commissioner

In a second effort, the Petaluma City Council has appointed a new planning commissioner. Diana Gomez, a resident of Petaluma for 12 years, is a chief deputy in the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office in Santa Rosa.

Petaluma seeks additional planning, youth commission applicants

Petaluma is accepting additional applications for seats on the Planning Commission and the Youth Commission.

Santa Rosa gas station gets OK despite cyclists’ objections

A plan to reroute a popular bicycle trail around a proposed gas station and market on the western edge of Santa Rosa was criticized as not doing enough to protect bicyclists but was approved anyway Thursday by the city’s Planning Commission.

In a 5-1 vote, the commission signed off on plans to build the station, market and one-bedroom apartment along the Joe Rodota Trail at North Wright Road just south of the Fulton Road and Highway 12 intersection.

Most commissioners felt the developer had found a creative solution to the problem of possible conflicts with bicyclists by diverting them behind the station along an easement on the property.

Santa Rosa auto dealer’s relocation plan rebuffed

A used car dealer whose lot was taken by the city when it widened Santa Rosa Avenue a few years ago cannot relocate his business to a recreational vehicle sales lot just north of Highway 12 because the city is trying to encourage less auto-dependent land uses near downtown.

Fisherman’s Sonoma Valley pond at center of airport dispute

At Leland Fly Fishing Ranch south of Sonoma, owner Josh Frazier sat on a deck overlooking a pond that he built and stocked with trout, but one that he is barred from casting a line in.

Concerns that the pond could attract birds and pose a threat to pilots taking off and landing at Sonoma Valley Airport, which is adjacent to the Arnold Drive ranch, are at the center of Frazier’s long-running land-use dispute with county officials and the airport owners.

Petaluma Walgreens plan stokes drive-thru debate

A Petaluma Health Care District proposal to build a Walgreens drug store and drive-through pharmacy near its hospital is setting up a showdown of conflicting goals.

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